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New In Town [2009] [PG] - 5.4.4



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Unlike the MPAA we do not assign one inscrutable rating based on age, but 3 objective ratings for SEX/NUDITY, VIOLENCE/GORE and PROFANITY on a scale of 0 to 10, from lowest to highest, depending on quantity and context.

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A big-city corporate executive (Renee Zellweger) is sent to downsize a small-town manufacturing plant in Minnesota. However, with new friendships and a budding romance, her empathy for the workers softens her demeanor and attitude. Also with Harry Connick Jr., Siobhan Fallon, J.K. Simmons and Frances Conroy. Directed by Jonas Elmer. [1:36]

SEX/NUDITY 5 - A woman's erect nipples (from cold weather) are shown through a tight sweater in three scenes. A man and a woman stare at a woman's nipples, which are protruding through her sweater and ask her if she's cold. A woman walks into a room with the outline of her nipples showing and a man reacts by spitting beer on himself. A woman looks at herself in a mirror, notices her nipples are erect through her sweater, and reacts by patting and blowing on them (through her sweater). A woman is shown in a low-cut top with cleavage in one scene.
 A woman is seen in tight thigh-length skirts throughout the film. A woman is seen in tight sweaters throughout the film. A woman's legs (in stockings) are shown throughout the film. In multiple scenes, a woman wears tight clothing that show the outlines of her breasts and buttocks. People wear targets on their buttocks as a joke and shake them (they are fully clothed).
 A woman kisses a man and grabs his face. A man and a woman look at each other and they kiss. A man and a woman kiss and hold one another in a public setting (everyone claps and cheers).
 A man and a woman are seen getting off a couch (she had been on top of him) when they are startled by a door opening. A man and a woman are seen straightening their clothes.
 A man says to a teenage boy, "Whatever you do to my daughter, I do to you." A man and a woman argue about female pop artists selling themselves as sex objects. A man talks about being sexy and provocative. A woman calls a man sexy. A man asks a woman if she thinks he's sexy. A woman tells a man, "Don't get any ideas" (implying making sexual advances). Women talk about a man and how he's sexy. Women watch a fireman and talk about him "Bending over to pick up his hose." Women mention "female trouble." A woman says, "Pilgrims wore sexier outfits." A man talks about his daughter and what she is planning to wear to a dance and says, "Sexy isn't on the menu." A fourteen year-old boy tells a fourteen year-old girl that she looks "hot." A father replies, "There is nothing hot about her." A man tells a fourteen year-old boy, "I know what's going on in your pants." A woman asks a man, "Wear something dirty?" A man tells a woman to "bend over" as he helps her with a broken zipper. A man asks a woman, "Are you wearing a thong?" A young girl talks about a young boy looking at her breasts. A man tells a woman he's attracted to that he'll miss her.
 A man assists a woman with her broken zipper (on the front of her coveralls and on the zipper in the back). A man and a woman flirt in various scenes. A man and a woman appear to be attracted to each other in various scenes.
 A woman hangs a red negligee from her car as a flag.

VIOLENCE/GORE 4 - A woman drives on an icy and snowy road, a cow suddenly appears in front of the car, and the woman gasps and veers head on into a snowbank (inside the car the airbag has deployed, but she is not injured).
 A woman wakes up in a truck and bangs her head on the steering wheel. A woman falls backwards over a porch railing (we do not see her hit the ground and she is not injured). A woman goes to open a glass door, she thinks it's open and her face hits the glass. A man sits back on a staircase and bangs his head lightly on a step. A man is seen lying on his stomach in a hospital room while a doctor removes pieces of a shell (we see the pieces drop into a bowl with blood around them). An intoxicated woman falls face first into a snowbank. A woman passes out drunk in a tow truck.
 A man gets a small electrical shock from a piece of machinery (he is not hurt). People in a factory jokingly spray each other with a white liquid out of hoses. A man puts a large bucket of white liquid (it's pudding) on a woman's head.
 A man says to a teenage boy, "Whatever you do to my daughter, I do to you." A man says to a woman, "You're not so bad when you're unconscious." A woman says, "I was a little drunk." A woman jokes about a man taking out a shotgun if his daughter came home late. A man talks about people freezing to death. Women talk about a man choking on knockwurst and a man getting trapped in a cooler. A woman talks about her dead pets. A woman talks about her dead cat having "Kitty Leukemia." A woman talks about her cat "barfing up on our couch." A woman asks another woman, "Have you found Jesus?" and the woman replies, "I didn't know he was missing." A woman says country music is "Twangy drivel for losers who drink beer and drive trucks." A man talks about having a stroke and a heart attack. A man talks about his wife having a degenerative heart defect. A man talks about his wife dying and how hard it was for him and his daughter.
 A man and a woman argue about corporate America. A man and a woman argue over a Worker's Union. A waitress is rude to a woman. A woman fires a man. A woman is upset when she finds out she is being fired. A woman is upset when flights are cancelled due to wintry weather. A woman reprimands her secretary. A woman cries when she tells another woman bad news about the shutdown of a manufacturing plant. A woman admits to lying to her friend. A man is angry when he finds out a plant is being shut down. A man is angry with a woman and won't speak to her (the woman is upset). A woman is angry when a piece of machinery at a plant won't work. Workers are upset when they hear their plant will be sold. People talk about the possibility of losing their jobs. A woman makes a list of "position terminations." A woman yells and is upset in a corporate meeting. A CEO of a Corporation talks to his employees about "dumping the plant." A woman cries when she hears about a man's deceased wife. A reporter talks about a man being shot in the buttocks.
 A woman waits in her car in a snowstorm to be rescued. A woman stays in her car as day turns into night and drinks a bottle of alcohol to stay warm. A woman yells, "Help!" and bangs on the back windshield of a car. A man carries a woman from her car into a tow truck. A man attempts to unzip a woman's coveralls in the rear, and she falls forward.
 A man spits beer onto his shirt and into his beard (we see a small amount of beer and saliva in his facial hair). A woman talks about needing to "pee." A man asks a woman, "You can't pee outside?" A woman attempts to unzip her coveralls in order to urinate and is frustrated when the zipper is broken.
 A woman and two men carry rifles and go crow hunting. Two men shoot guns, trying to hunt crows, but are unsuccessful. A woman squats down in order to urinate, leans on a rifle, and the rifle fires accidentally.
 A man takes out a knife and cuts a hole in a woman's coveralls. A man is seen on a stretcher being led to an ambulance. A woman looks at a check, her eyes cross, and she faints.

PROFANITY 4 - 13 sexual references, 7 scatological terms, 13 anatomical terms, 14 mild obscenities, name-calling (losers, monkeys, greedy, stupid, lame, deranged, hoot owl), 2 religious profanities, 5 religious exclamations. [profanity glossary]

SUBSTANCE USE - An intoxicated woman falls face first into a snowbank, a woman passes out drunk in a tow truck, a woman drinks a bottle of alcohol to stay warm, men play a drinking game and chug beer, various people drink beer and wine throughout the film, beer and wine are shown on a table during dinner scenes, a man orders a "Maker's Mark up," various people drink bottled beer, a woman brings a large jug of wine to a home, a man says that he'll drink any type of wine, a woman is intoxicated and staggers when she walks, a woman is too drunk to open a front door and struggles with her keys and a woman wakes up with a hangover. A man talks about Miami and mentions "Colombian druglords."

DISCUSSION TOPICS - Corporate America, lay-offs, female executives, small-town life, Minnesota, wintry weather, Miami, romance, death of a spouse, teenage dating, making new friends, starting a new business, scrapbooking.

MESSAGE - You can find romance and friends in the most unexpected places.

Special Keywords: S5 - V4 - P4 - MPAAPG

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